When you stumble upon a "no trespassing" sign, what goes through your mind? Most of us think the landowner does not want anyone on his property, and if you disobey the warning, you may be risking your life.
Wouldn't it be nice if rodents could read? It would be wonderful if rats and mice heeded a "no trespassing" sign on our crawl space or garage. Unfortunately, rodents don't pay attention to signs, so we have to figure out another way to keep dangerous rodents from invading our homes.
Before focusing on stopping a future rodent invasion, we need to end the current problem by using pest control in Bradenton from Keller's Pest Control. You need a company with over a quarter century of experience in the pest control industry. We arrive on time, resolve pest problems, and provide friendly, professional service.
You probably found this article because you suspect rodents are inside your Bradenton home and want to know how to get them out. Please read on to learn how to end the current infestation and prevent a future rodent problem.
Common Rodent Species: Identifying Different Types Of Rodents
What is a rodent? A rodent is a warm-blooded mammal with an upper and lower pair of incisor teeth. These teeth grow constantly, which requires the rodent to gnaw on wood, glass, metal, and concrete to keep them from becoming unmanageable. Squirrels, beavers, chipmunks, rats, and mice are examples of rodents, and most of these rodents prefer to live away from humans. However, rats and mice are known as commensal rodents because they do not mind living around humans and sometimes depend upon human habitats for food and water sources. Since mice and rats are comfortable living alongside humans, they are the rodents that cause the most problems for homeowners.
The types of rodents that are problematic in the Bradenton area are:
- Norway rats
- Roof rats
- House mice
Let's look at each species to help you identify what you see running from behind the couch or table.
Norway rats have a 7 to 9-1/2-inch body (not including the 7 to 8-inch tail) with brown fur interspersed with black hairs on the topside and a gray or white belly. Also called street or sewer rats, these rats have plump bodies, blunt muzzles, and small eyes and ears. Norway rats live in basements and the lower levels of the house; they forage at dusk and shortly before dawn.
Roof rats, also known as fruit, black, and ship rats, live in the upper levels of a house, which they access via tree branches. Not including the tail, these rodents have 6 to 8-inch slender bodies with the same topside coloration as Norway rats but with a black, gray, or white underside. Roof rats forage at night. These rats are particularly problematic in Florida because they eat fruit and often destroy gardens.
You can quickly distinguish between rats and mice by size. The house mouse is only 2 1/2 to 3 3/4 inches long (not including the tail). It has a dusty gray topside with a cream-colored belly. Unlike the blunt muzzles of Norway rats, house mice have pointed muzzles. Unlike rats that hide during the day, house mice are curious creatures often visible during the day.
When you see these Florida rodents inside your Bradenton house, partner with Keller's Pest Control. Our technicians know the signs of a rodent infestation and can identify the species infesting your home.
Rodent Dangers: Health Risks And Property Damage
Rats and mice do not worry about where they search for food. Thus, they often forage in sewers, drains, trash, compost piles, and other unsanitary areas where bacteria and viruses thrive. As the rodents walk through the polluted areas, they may pick up disease-causing pathogens. Fleas, ticks, lice, and mites also live in these areas; as the rodents move through, they jump or crawl onto the animal and embed themselves in their fur. These hitchhiking parasitic guests transfer from the rodents into the carpeting, upholstery, and cracks, awaiting the opportunity to find a host.
Another way house rodents spread disease is through their urine, feces, and saliva. When they consume organic plant and animal matter in unsanitary areas, they also ingest the pathogens on the food surfaces. When they travel through a Bradenton home, rats and mice defecate in drawers, on eating and cooking countertops, towels, and other surfaces.
In addition to the cowpox virus, rodents spread the bacterial diseases of leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), tularemia, and salmonellosis to humans. Fleas and ticks spread some of the same ailments, plus tapeworms, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and Powassan virus.
When rodents eat and travel, they defecate. Norway rats produce olive-pit-sized droppings with blunt ends, while roof rats and house mice leave sharp-ended, rod-shaped pellets. As the solid fecal matter dries, pieces flake off, become airborne and circulate throughout the home. When household members inhale these particles, they may trigger a runny nose, coughing, itchy eyes, and other allergic reactions. They may also cause chest tightness, breathing difficulties, and other conditions in asthmatics.
A rodent infestation jeopardizes your family's health and causes structural damage. Norway rats are notorious for creating two to three-inch diameter holes in floors and walls. Roof rats often chew through exterior wood, aluminum, and vinyl siding to gain attic access. Since all rodents must gnaw on items, they damage furniture, plastic or glass food storage containers, and other objects inside the house.
Rats and mice create nests in wall voids, inside appliances near the motor, underneath attic insulation, behind cabinets, and debris in the garage, attic, or basement. Because electrical, telephone, or internet wiring is present in many common nesting locations, rodents often chew on them to sharpen and shorten their teeth. As a result, they break connections causing internet, telephone, or power outages. In other instances, they expose bare electrical wires to moisture and each other, causing sparks, short circuits, and fires.
Professional Rodent Control: The Safe Way To Remove An Infestation
Attempting rodent removal exposes you to their teeth, claws, and unsanitary bodies. Furthermore, rodents rapidly reproduce, so thinking that placing a few traps around your house will end the infestation is often foolhardy. The safest and best way to end an invasion of South Florida rodents is to use Keller's Pest Control.
When you contact us and explain the situation, we will dispatch a highly-trained technician to inspect the interior and exterior of your Bradenton home for rodent signs. If we find rodent indications, we will identify their entry points, attractants, and likely nesting areas. We will create a rodent removal plan and an estimate for the service.
Our rodent removal process begins with sealing access points using wire mesh and other materials to prevent additional rodents from entering the home or to stop any from returning. We remove debris and other common hiding locations to discourage rodents from staying on the property.
Once we have addressed entry points and hiding locations, we install traps to catch the rodents on the premises. Our technicians will return daily or as needed to clear the snares. We offer different control options since the number of rodents varies by location.
If you are searching for the "best rodent control near me," look no further than Keller's Pest Control. We offer a specialized rodent service that focuses specifically on this problem.
Rodent Prevention Tips: How to Keep Your Property Rodent-Free
Once Keller's Pest Control provides rodent pest control for your Bradenton home, you do not want them to return. While we will end a current infestation and we provide ongoing rodent control options, you need to implement these tips to ensure rodents stay away:
- Remove debris, junk, and overgrown vegetation from the property.
- Prune tree branches and shrubs away from the house.
- Cover outdoor and indoor garbage containers.
- Seal dime-sized or larger cracks and gaps in the foundation and roofline.
- Place wire mesh over the crawl space and attic vent openings.
- Close gaps between the siding, mortar, and around window and door frames.
- Install exterior door sweeps.
- Eliminate debris in the garage, attic, and crawl space.
- Provide drainage to gutters, low-lying areas, and ditches.
- Vacuum the house regularly.
- Suction out the corners and cracks along flooring and walls.
- Seal foods in thick plastic and glass containers.
- Remove pet food from bowls before bedtime.
These rodent prevention tips will discourage rats and mice from entering or staying on your Bradenton property. When you partner with Keller's Pest Control, we can provide additional suggestions for your location.
Contact us today to request a free, no-obligation estimate and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Bradenton.